Netanyahu removed from stage in Ashdod after rocket fired from Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to be removed from the stage during a campaign speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod after rockets were fired from Gaza.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket heading toward Ashdod and another heading toward Ashkelon on Tuesday evening, according to the Israeli military. As many as five rockets were fired, the military said.

Security removed Netanyahu from the stage, but he returned 20 minutes later to finish his speech.

The speech was being carried live on the Likud party Facebook page but reportedly was removed after the sirens sounded.

The rockets were fired two hours after Netanyahu announced that if he is re-elected, he will annex the Jordan Valley and West Bank Jewish settlements.